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Sarah Tortora

2015-16 Alice C. Cole '42 Fellow: Sarah Tortora
Sarah Tortora sculptures, gallery view
All sculptures by Sarah Tortora. Photos by Samara Pearlstein.

Sarah Tortora was selected as the 2015-16 Alice C. Cole '42 Fellow. Her Cole Fellowship exhibition, Fickle Ground, was on view in the Jewett Art Gallery from March 13 - April 21, 2017. Fickle Ground featured sculptural works exploring the authoritative air of longevity present in the classical forms of friezes, columns, and steles, wearing their imposing militarism on the surface, like a Potemkin village. These works embody the premise that every equestrian monument inevitably becomes a Trojan horse, and that by passively consuming sculptural archetypes we give credence to the postured narratives of history.

Sarah Tortora (b. 1988; New Haven, CT) is a visual artist currently working between New England and Indiana. She received an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013, and served as Lecturer of Contemporary Art at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia while there. Shortly after graduating, she attended residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. In 2016, she had solo exhibitions at GRIN Gallery (Providence, RI), Reynolds Fine Art (New Haven, CT), and CAS Arts Center (Livingston Manor, NY). She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in Sculpture at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

Sculpture by Sarah Tortora with exhibition wall text

sculpture by Sarah Tortora

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Sarah Tortora's website

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Jessica Vaughn was chosen to be the 2015-16 Alice C. Cole Visiting Artist.